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This week our guest is Todd Rose, who was previously a professor at Harvard University where he led the Laboratory for the Science of Individuality and was the faculty director of the Mind, Brain, and Education program. Since then, Todd  co-founded the think-tank Populace to help improve society and the lives of individuals, and wrote a book we’ll be talking about a lot in this episode: “Collective Illusions: Conformity, Complicity, and the Science of Why We Make Bad Decisions.” We explore what these collective illusions are, how they relate to technology, and the opportunities and consequences of navigating these illusions. Todd recommend reading this piece by Václav Havel entitled The Power of the Powerless, and you can find more about Todd and his work at toddrose.com. ** Host: Steven Parton - LinkedIn / Twitter Music by: Amine el Filali
This week my guest is Yanis Varoufakis, a Greek economist and politician who was the acting Minister of Finance in Greece during their debt crises in 2015. Since then, he founded the political party Mera25, and now sits in the Greek parliament as a member of the party. Aside from his work in government, Yanis has extensive experience with the role of technology in the economic sphere, which includes researching virtual economies at one of the world’s largest gaming companies, Valve, and he has even put forth plans for blockchain-based payments systems for Greece. He also recently wrote a science fiction novel entitled, Another Now, which challenges readers to "Imagine a world with no banks. No stock market. No tech giants. No billionaires." While we discuss some larger implications of tech on economic structures, much of our conversation focuses on his concerns for what he calls “Techno Feudalism,” which he describes as the potential death of democratic capitalism at the hands of the tech elite.  Follow more of Yanis' work at yanisvaroufakis.eu or twitter.com/yanisvaroufakis ** Host: Steven Parton - LinkedIn / Twitter Music by: Amine el Filali
This week my guest is Bernardo Kastrup, who has an impressive background of working for CERN, the world’s largest and most advanced particle physics laboratory, has written 10 books, and holds a PhD in both computer engineering and philosophy. During these years of honing his unique expertise, Bernardo developed his ideas of analytical idealism, building on the philosophy of metaphysical idealism. In the simplest terms I can explain it, Bernardo basically believes that there is no physical world, but rather that all of existence is experiential, a mental construct given form through our perceptions. We explore this idea in much more detail in the first half of this episode, and for the second half we discuss the implications of this worldview on innovation, technology, and culture. This includes exploring why Bernardo believes it’s impossible for an artificial intelligence to ever gain consciousness. While Bernardo does a fantastic job explaining his ideas, I’ll warn listeners now that at times this is a very philosophical and potentially challenging conversation, as it demands questioning our foundational awareness of reality and consciousness. But for those who are interested in the topic, it is rich with thought-provoking ideas.  Learn more about Bernardo and his work at essentiafoundation.org or bernardokastrup.com ** Host: Steven Parton - LinkedIn / Twitter Music by: Amine el Filali
As we pass the second yearly anniversary of the show, we take a look back at some of our favorite segments from past episodes with academic guests who share our passion for everything "Singularity". This includes episodes with Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying (FBL34), Anna Lembke (FBL24), and Toby Ord (FBL16). With their combined years of academic education and research at some of the best universities in the world, these academics take us on tour through our evolutionary relationship with technology, the way in which this relationship has caused addiction, and the existential risk posed by biotech and artificial intelligence.  ** Host: Steven Parton - LinkedIn / Twitter Music by: Amine el Filali
As we pass the second yearly anniversary of the show, we take a look back at some of our favorite segments from past episodes with comedian guests who share our passion for everything "Singularity". This includes episodes with Stephen Fry (FBL20), Duncan Trussell (FBL21), and Reggie Watts (FBL22). Often known for their insights into the human condition, these well-read comedians take us on a tour from ancient Greek mythology, through modern day social media, and into the future of basic income to explore the different ways in which technology is a part of the human story.  ** Host: Steven Parton - LinkedIn / Twitter Music by: Amine el Filali
This week our guest is Meghan O'Gieblyn, who has written regularly for entities such as Wired, The New York Times, and The Guardian, in addition to authoring books such as Interior States and her latest book: God, Human, Animal, Machine: Technology, Metaphor, and the Search for Meaning. Interestingly, much of Meghan’s work pulls on her experience losing her faith in religion while simultaneously being drawn into transhumanism from reading the Age of Spiritual Machines by Singularity’s very own Ray Kurzweil. This exploration of Meghan's background and her latest book takes us on a journey through the ways in which technology and spirituality have historically woven together, the current ways in which they are conflicting, and the future philosophical questions we’re going to be forced to reconcile. For those of you interested in this subject, I highly recommend going and listening to episode 52 with Micah Redding, which lays a lot of the foundation that we build on her in this episode.  Find out more about Meghan through her website meghanogieblyn.com, or find her book on Amazon. **  Host: Steven Parton - LinkedIn / Twitter Music by: Amine el Filali
This week our guest is Reason magazine’s Senior Editor, Robby Soave, who recently published his newest book, Tech Panic, Why We Shouldn’t Fear Facebook and the Future. This work focuses heavily on how the societal panic about the dangers of social media are overblown, and how this panic could be used to justify harmful governmental policies that increase censorship and limit free speech. In this conversation we explore this dynamic in detail, in addition to talking about the role of advertising, mental health issues in young women, the polarization between American political parties, and much more. You can follow Robby and his work at twitter.com/robbysoave ** Host: Steven Parton - LinkedIn / Twitter Music by: Amine el Filali
This week our guest is Micah Redding, who is the founder and Executive Director of the Christian Transhumanist Association, an organization that believes science and technology can be used to alter the human condition in a way that empowers the beliefs of Christianity. In this episode, my goal is simply to gain an understanding of how Micah and other Christian transhumanists see the world. This takes us on a journey from the foundations of their belief system to an exploration of concepts such as brain uploads, living in a simulation, and the possibility that Jesus was simply an avatar in the simulation created by his programmer father, God. To find out more about the Christian Transhumanist Association, visit christiantranshumanism.org ** Host: Steven Parton - LinkedIn / Twitter Music by: Amine el Filali
This week our guest is cognitive scientist, Scott Barry Kaufman, who has an impressive resume that includes teaching at NYU and Columbia, writing for Scientific American, hosting a podcast on psychology that is so definitive it’s actually called The Psychology Podcast, and is the author of several books including his latest, Transcend: The New Science of Self-Actualization. In this episode we take a very psychology-centric approach to technology, looking very specifically at how we can navigate the negative aspects of technology that threaten our ability to be ourselves and to be happy. Follow Scott at Twitter.com/sbkaufman or look into more of his work at scottbarrykaufman.com ** Host: Steven Parton - LinkedIn / Twitter Music by: Amine el Filali
This week our guest is social psychologist, Jonathan Haidt, who has authored several of my personal favorite books including the Happiness Hypothesis, The Righteous Mind, and the Coddling of the American Mind. We're lucky enough to have Jon join us to discuss his just released Atlantic article entitled, 'Why the Past 10 Years of American Life Have Been Uniquely Stupid,' which explores his upcoming book about social media. In this episode we discuss the key points of this article, exploring what dynamics shifted in American life as a result of social media and the resulting impacts on our children’s mental health, on our politics, and on the fabric of society itself.  Visit TheCoddling.com or LetGrow.org for more information on raising and mentoring Gen-Z kids to be less anxious and depressed. And if you wish to learn more about viewpoint diversity in academia, visit Heterodoxacademy.org ** Host: Steven Parton - LinkedIn / Twitter Music by: Amine el Filali
This week my guest is Kent Bye, the voice behind the podcast, Voices of VR, which has undoubtedly been one of the world’s leading sources of virtual reality information for nearly a decade now. This episode honestly feels like one of the most informative and comprehensive conversations we’ve had on the show yet, with Kent’s expertise carrying us through a wide array of VR relevant topics. This includes everything from the journey of VR to this point, the trajectory of VR into the future, the dynamics of design and of hardware, the impact of the Indie community versus the impact of Meta, the philosophical impacts in terms of well-being, the role of capitalism and perverse incentives, and a whole, whole lot more. Follow Kent at twitter.com/kentbye and listen to the Voices of VR at voicesofvr.com ** Host: Steven Parton - LinkedIn / Twitter Music by: Amine el Filali
This week our guest is Nolen Gertz, who is an Assistant Professor of Applied Philosophy at the University of Twente in the Netherlands, and the author of several books including “Nihilism and Technology.” In this episode we really focus on the philosophical side of technology, exploring related concepts of hedonism, the need for struggle, apathy for the world’s challenges, and much more. Ultimately, Nolen proposes that technology is allowing us to stay comfortable and nihilistic while the world burns around us and that we need to embrace responsibility in order to restore a balance to our lives. Following Nolen and his work at twitter.com/ethicistforhire ** Host: Steven Parton - LinkedIn / Twitter Music by: Amine el Filali
This week our guest is Robin Ince, a comedian, actor, and writer known for presenting the BBC radio show The Infinite Monkey Cage with physicist Brian Cox, his appearances alongside Ricky Gervais, and his stand-up comedy career. In this episode we explore topics from Robin’s latest book, The Importance of Being Interested: Adventures in Scientific Curiosity, which takes readers on a tour through Robin’s scientific journey, his interviews with guests, and why he thinks it’s so important that we remain interested in science despite the commonly held view that its a distant and difficult subject reserved only for academics. Our conversation also explores the role of technology in all of this, and how it’s related to our relationship with science. Find Robin's book and tour dates through his website robinince.com or follow his latest updates via his twitter.com/robinince ** Host: Steven Parton - LinkedIn / Twitter Music by: Amine el Filali
This week our guest is Michael P Lynch, who is the Professor of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut and author of several books including “The Internet of Us” and his latest “Know-It-All Society: Truth and Arrogance in Political Culture.” He self describes his work as an exploration of truth, democracy and the ethics and epistemology of technology. In this episode, we take a tour of Michael’s perspective on multiple issues related to digital behavior and the pursuit of truth. This includes the impacts of our overabundance of digital information, the fundamental aspects of the human condition, the consequences of our technological infrastructure, the success and failures of our institutions, and a whole lot more. You can find out more about Micheal at his website (https://michael-lynch.philosophy.uconn.edu/), and can follow his work exploring the Future of Truth at https://futureoftruth.uconn.edu/ ** Host: Steven Parton - LinkedIn / Twitter Music by: Amine el Filali
This week my guest is Lee McIntyre, who is a research fellow at the Center for Philosophy and History of Science at Boston University and author of a series of books coming to the defense of science, including his latest book: “How to Talk to a Science Denier: Conversations with Flat Earthers, Climate Deniers, and Others Who Defy Reason.” In this discussion we explore the many aspects of science denial and conspiracy theories. This includes exploring the role of technology, personal motivations, societal disenfranchisement, disinformation, and more. Additionally, we also discuss some of the solutions to these issues, with a particular emphasis on a non-technological option that’s luckily available to all of us: respectful, face-to-face conversations. Find out more about Lee's work at https://leemcintyrebooks.com/ ** Host: Steven Parton - LinkedIn / Twitter Music by: Amine el Filali
This week my guest is Singularity’s very own expert in Health, Longevity, and Life Sciences, Kris VeerBurg. In addition to being an actual medical doctor, Kris has authored several books, including his latest work,The Longevity Code: Secrets to Living Well for Longer from the Front Lines of Science. And he’s also the co-founder of NOVOS (https://novoslabs.com), which positions itself as the first nutraceutical company that helps people take control of their health and lifespans. This episode explores the many facets of aging, longevity, and death, ranging from the more abstract philosophical perspectives to very concrete scientific and technological approaches. Kris’ knowledge set is truly impressive, and I can’t recommend this episode enough for anyone who wants an extremely comprehensive primer for all things longevity and aging, including practical life tips. Follow Kris on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/krisverburgh, and get his latest book at Amazon. ** Host: Steven Parton - LinkedIn / Twitter Music by: Amine el Filali
This week my guest is Hrish Lotlikar, who is best known as the founder and CEO of Superworld. Hrish will explain in much better detail what Superworld is in our discussion, but for now, the best way to think about it is an augmented world that sits on top of the real world, much like Pokemon Go. However, in Superworld, users can create what augmented reality objects exist in the world, and they can additionally purchase the virtual real estate that exists in any actual location on earth. This conversation with Hrish goes into much greater detail about how all of this works, with a particular emphasis on the role of NFTs and social impact. This is a great episode for anyone who is interested in getting an idea of what’s possible in this space and learning about some tools and approaches that can be explored. Find out more about Superworld at: https://www.superworldapp.com/, or contact the team or Hrish at Outreach@superworldapp.com or CEO@superworldapp.com ** Host: Steven Parton - LinkedIn / Twitter Music by: Amine el Filali
This week my guest is Riz Virk, who founded the Play Labs at MIT, has produced several films and video games, and has authored several books including his latest: The Simulated Multiverse. In this conversation we delve into the topics of the Simulated Multiverse, exploring the simulation hypothesis, quantum physics, spirituality, and so much more--including the many different ways cultures have been obsessed with this idea since the dawn of time. You can find more about Riz's work at https://www.zenentrepreneur.com/, or purchase his latest book here. * Host: Steven Parton - LinkedIn / Twitter Music by: Amine el Filali
This week my guest is Michael Bhaskar, who has authored several books exploring the impact of technology, specifically around the publishing and curation of content. In his latest work, the Human Frontier: The Future of Big Ideas in the Age of Small Thinking, Michael instead turns his attention towards the creation of content, and in particular how humanity seems to be running out of big ideas. In this conversation we delve into the many facets of this theory, exploring numerous bits of evidence and examples that support this notion. We also explore how the technological singularity may be our last chance for big ideas, how cultural and philosophical tendencies are worsening the situation, what possible paths lay before us to address this lack of moonshot innovation, and much more. Find out more about Michael and his work at http://www.michaelbhaskar.com/ * Host: Steven Parton - LinkedIn / Twitter Music by: Amine el Filali
This week my guest is Jeremy Lent, who is the author of several books, including The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity's Search for Meaning, and his more recent work, The Web of Meaning: Integrating Science and Traditional Wisdom to Find our Place in the Universe. Importantly, a great deal of Jeremy’s work addresses many of the topics that are near and dear to our hearts at Singularity, one of which is a sustainable, connected, and prosperous future. However, Jeremy believes that our current approach and worldview are causing humans, and therefore the technology we create, to often lead us in the opposite direction, towards a world of disconnection, destruction, and exploitation. To help us navigate these potential futures, Jeremy provides us with some incredibly well-articulated insights and metaphors that help frame the options that exist before us. Find Jeremy's work at https://www.jeremylent.com/ * Host: Steven Parton - LinkedIn / Twitter Music by: Amine el Filali
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kokako kan

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kokako kan

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Feb 26th
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Bobby Panetta

I just started listening to you but have been reading a lot published from your team. Excellent work and I shared your station on my FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/Dark7Awakenings7/

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